Study modes

The following definitions are a guide only and can be adapted by faculties to meet the needs of their disciplines.

Download the detailed ACU Study Modes: a guide for academics.

There are three study modes at ACU. Select each mode to read a detailed definition.

Attendance mode

Principal mode of delivery: Face to face

Learning descriptor:

Learning in this unit will require face-to-face attendance in specific physical location/s.
Students will have face-to-face interactions with lecturer(s) and/or industry practitioners to achieve the learning outcomes.
For units with industry/work experience, supervision is undertaken by the lecturer(s) either in person and/or virtually (e.g. online).

Examples of technology use:

The following will be accessible to students online:

  • unit outline
  • notices/announcements
  • assessment information, submission, marking and return of results/feedback
  • learning resources (e.g. readings, lecture notes, audio or video recorded material, lecture slides
  • activities – individual and group (e.g. discussions, quizzes, wikis).

Technologies used to enhance face to face delivery may include:

  • Live quizzes/polling
  • Simulations
  • Industry required technology.

Location:

Will include some online access and  combinations of the following:

  • On campus
  • Intensives
  • industry/workplace experiences (such as practicums and clinical practice).

Multi mode

Principal mode of delivery: Face to face and virtual

Learning descriptor:

Learning in this unit requires some face-to-face attendance and will contain complementary online activities.

Unit will likely require the use of online communication and collaboration tools to achieve interactions amongst students, and with the lecturer(s)/industry expert on a regular basis.

The proportion of face-to-face time will vary between different units.

For units with industry/work experience, supervision is undertaken by the lecturer(s) either in person and/or virtually (e.g. online).

Examples of technology use:

The following will be accessible online to students:

  • unit outline
  • notices/announcements
  • assessment information, submission, marking and return of results/feedback

Learning resources and activities may include the following (but not limited to):

  • web links
  • simulations
  • quizzes
  • videos
  • interactives
  • readings
  • lecture notes/slides
  • audio

Collaboration may be facilitated through:

  • webinars
  • online discussion groups
  • blogs
  • wikis
  • other shared digital tools

Technologies used to enhance face to face delivery may include:

  • Live quizzes/polling
  • Simulations
  • Industry required technology

Location:

Will include online and

a combination of the following:

  • On campus,
  • Intensives,
  • industry/workplace experiences (such as practicums and clinical practice).

Online mode

Principal mode of delivery: Virtual

Learning descriptor:

Learning in this unit does not require any physical campus attendance. The unit will be delivered virtually (online) by means of technology.

Learning will have elements that are self-directed and self-paced. Unit will likely also require the use of online communication and collaboration tools to achieve interactions amongst students, and with the lecturer(s)/industry expert on a regular basis.

Learning in this mode will be largely asynchronous (‘anywhere, anytime learning’), but could also include synchronous events (e.g. live webinar).

Examples of technology use:

The following will be accessible online to students:

  • unit outline
  • notices/announcements
  • assessment information, submission, marking and return of results/feedback

Learning resources and activities may include the following (but not limited to):

  • web links
  • simulations
  • quizzes
  • videos
  • interactives
  • readings
  • lecture notes/slides
  • audio

Collaboration may be facilitated through:

  • webinars
  • online discussion groups
  • blogs
  • wikis
  • other shared digital tools

Location:

Technology will be used to support off campus delivery